Low-Carbon Pathways to Workplace Productivity

Context

The poor earn a living doing physically demanding manual work, whether it is on the farm, in the factory, or elsewhere. This workload is especially difficult for women who already carry a heavier share of the work.  There are few technologies in developing country contexts to decrease the workload of manual laborers.  Increasingly, automation technologies from industrialized countries are starting to be used in developing countries, but they are affordable only to larger businesses.  We believe that a new generation of workplace technologies is required to reduce the severity of the physical demands of workers, and to increase their productivity.

We also believe that--as in the case of technologies for low-income households--a new generation of successful workplace technologies and products will gradually lead to the creation of an ecosystem for production, distribution and maintenance of those products.  This will expand the employment base and economic opportunities, especially for the urban poor. 

 

Current portfolio

We are still exploring high-potential technologies in this space, and anticipate launching project in early 2013.